"Baltimore!" Baltimore by Kentbein

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<b><font color=blue>Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, approximately 45 miles north of Washington, D.C. The city has done a remarkable job pulling itself up from its 1960's doldrums into what has now become an exceptional, enjoyable attraction. Established in the 1600's, the Harbor has been welcoming people, ships and goods from all over the world.</font></b>

<b><font color=blue>Its streets are still too crowded, it needs pedestrian walkways (wanderwegs), and there are only a few areas within the city worth seeing. But, don't let that stop you from making the trip to Baltimore. It?s a nice time and has a charm of its own, reminiscent of Philadelphia here in the US, and Nuremberg in Deutschland.</font></b>

<b><font color=blue>The most obvious tourist attraction and city center in Baltimore is the 1980's established Inner Harbor. Shops, food, water, boats, great sunshine; the usual stuff. It is directly across from Baltimore?s main business district with plenty of bars and restaurants to avoid the usual tourista gouging.</font></b>

<b><font color=blue>Baltimore has invested a LOT of money redeveloping and revitalizing their city, and the catalyst awoke the surrounding areas, such as one of the country?s best designed, world class baseball stadiums, CAMDEN YARDS.</font></b>

<b><font color=blue>? Maybe?, you say, ?I don?t like baseball.? OK. Fair enough. Many people do not. It is slow moving. It takes time and it takes patience to acquire the proper taste for this sport. Forget the game and go to awaken with friends from a winter hibernation, commune with the fans and welcome spring?s first days of sunshine. And then scream at the umpires, our national pastime.</font></b>

<b><font color=blue>It?s a good time and is, in spite of the coarseness of many in the crowd, a more or less noble sport that has a way of quickly growing upon you. Many spectators even bath before attending!!!.</font></b>

<b><font color=blue>The stadium food is great with seafood, Polish and German suasage, hamburgers, hotdogs and the Maryland staple; crabs. The stadium food is pricey, but the American dream is incomplete without a hotdog and beer at a professional baseball game.</font></b>

<b><font color=blue>The other side of the harbor houses a world class aquarium. This is a beauty of a building and was the ground breaker in what became a renaissance of aquaria across the country. (See New Orleans' aquarium, also world class). It?s a humbling experience to walk within the ?doughnut? surrounded by sharks.</font></b>

<b><font color=blue>I scuba dive, and in spite of abundant nature shows I still don?t like sharks, unless they?re tucked safely away in an aquarium. Or mounted on a wall in Arizona. They?re savage, aggressive, opportunistic, prehistoric meanies and should have checked into oblivion with saber tooth tigers. However, since they persist in spite of my objection, I accept them caged up in an aquarium, and Baltimore?s is the best place to view the bloody things.</font></b>

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